Rising Italian tennis star Lorenzo Musetti revealed he was cheering for Novak Djokovic to win the US Open. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final. Djokovic was a win away from collecting a record 21st Grand Slam and becoming the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the season.
"I thought he was immortal and instead even the greatest champions are crushed by the pressure. I didn't see the whole match, I admit I slept," said Musetti in an exclusive interview with Gazzetta dello Sport .
"But I saw him very very tense. I was sorry because I cheered for him, he absolutely deserved to complete the Grand Slam, even though Medvedev played an extraordinary tournament. Nole is a very special person. Very nice, I think he really deserved to complete the Calendar Grand Slam.
We talked but not about our game, training with him is always a privilege because you can see his way of working up close. His attention to detail is impressive."
Djokovic felt a relief after the US Open final
After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic was regularly asked about a record 21st Grand Slam and a potential Calendar Grand Slam.
Djokovic came to just a win away from making tennis history but he was crushed by the pressure in the US Open final as Medvedev claimed a straight-set win to earn his maiden Major title "Relief. I was glad it was over because the buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot.
It was a lot to handle," Djokovic said after the final. "I was just glad that finally the run is over. At the same time I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they've created for me on the court."